Definition of chaperonage in US English:

chaperonage

noun

  • See chaperone

    • ‘The idea of chaperonage makes us laugh; women are independent.’
    • ‘As traditional restraints on females eased, women's clothing became less restrictive and first the bicycle and then the automobile freed young couples to escape from the rigid chaperonage of previous generations.’
    • ‘Formal rituals of courting, chaperonage, and arranged marriages strictly governed relations between the sexes.’
    • ‘But such chaperonage does not take place for Paraguayan Americans, who often meet at community Catholic Church activities or through educational pursuits.’
    • ‘There was a window behind the couch, and I guess her father thought that if we could see him, that was ‘chaperonage’ enough.’

Pronunciation

chaperonage

/ˈSHapəˌrōnij//ˈʃæpəˌroʊnɪdʒ/